Ryan Reynolds adds sup­port to Rio The­atre

Dead­pool star tweeted out cam­paign

StarMetro Vancouver - - News - Tessa Vikan­der

Dead­pool ac­tor Ryan Reynolds has thrown his sup­port be­hind Van­cou­ver’s Rio The­atre, tweet­ing on Sun­day evening that he had con­trib­uted to the in­de­pen­dent the­atre’s crowd­fund­ing cam­paign.

The lo­cally owned and op­er­ated Rio The­atre is at risk of de­mo­li­tion un­less the busi­ness owner can come up with enough money to pur­chase the build­ing from its cur­rent prop­erty own­ers.

Along­side a link to the crowd­fund­ing cam­paign, Reynolds said on Twit­ter that “The Rio The­atre in Van­cou­ver is leg­endary. Spoiler Alert: I plan to be buried there… help res­cue this land­mark of com­mu­nity and art by click­ing.”

Reynold’s back­ing fol­lows weeks of pres­sure from his fans, who had been tak­ing to Twit­ter to de­mand that he use his fame to help sup­port the Rio The­atre.

The cam­paign, which has three weeks left, is aim­ing to raise $1 mil­lion. Ul­ti­mately, the busi­ness owner Corinne Lea, along with the help of pri­vate in­vestors, is aim­ing to raise $3 mil­lion. In the cur­rent plan, that money will be held by two non-prof­its who will pur­chase the build­ing, and rent it out to Lea’s busi­ness in­def­i­nitely.

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